Last night was our Band of Bakers ‘Autumn Harvest’ event and if, like me, autumnal fruit and veg is your thing, the opportunity to try 30 or so bakes containing them is something akin to Nirvana. Of course, it is almost impossible to try all of the bakes (although some brave souls have tried), but I did manage quite a wide selection. We were treated to cakes, biscuits, pies and tarts containing some beautiful autumn fruits: pears, plums, figs, blackberries and quince; and some delicious autumn vegetables, including parsnips, beetroot and squash. The ratio of savoury to sweet was slightly higher than usual so we could all indulge under the collective pretence that we were eating a balanced meal. In fact, my two favourite bakes of the night were savouries: a black pudding scotch egg by Jon and a pulled pork slider with apple sauce by Sym.
It was our first event at the lovely Anderson & Co cafe in Peckham and we were very well looked after by Lisa, who kept us in local beer, great coffee and Sipsmith gin.
The recipe for my fig, ginger and spelt cake can be found here.
Below is a small selection of photographs from the event.